STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3090
RE: H.B. No. 2557
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology, to which was referred H.B. No. 2557, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, to continue to support the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems' (PISCES) internship and economic development programs.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems and O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i.
Your Committee finds that the primary objective of PISCES is to work with the youth in Hawaii to develop their experience in the work force in order to be better prepared for a career in the high tech job market. Your Committee further finds that through its internships, mentorships, and its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Aerospace Research Scholars (STARS) program for women, PISCES has provided hands-on work experience to over thirty university students and has introduced over thirty high school girls to the field of science, technology, engineering, and math. Your Committee believes that the internship and economic development programs provided by PISCES are valuable to the State, as they equip Hawaii's youth with the necessary skills to enter the high tech work force, and your Committee supports the continuation of these programs to better prepare the upcoming generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and major contributors to the high tech industry.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) As suggested by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, inserting a ceiling of $1,000,000 for the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems special fund; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2557, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2557, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair